Our Approach to Behavioral Health
Our Behavioral Health Department uses cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to help people change. CBT is a scientifically based approach that first involves developing a close and collaborative relationship between therapist and patient. After establishing that solid relationship, CBT therapists then focus on the ways that cognitions (thoughts), emotions, behaviors, biological and environmental factors contribute to the person’s quality of life.
Every group of experts that has examined the thousands of studies on the effects of CBT (e.g., US Preventive Services Task Forces; American College of Physicians; American Heart Association) has concluded that: It’s the treatment of choice for wide array of challenges to behavioral health, including the 7 foci of GPSC’s Behavioral Health Department.
Our Behavioral Health experts focus on 7 inter-related domains summarized by the acronym below
- Pain: Hypnosis, dissociation (alternative focusing, distraction), progressive muscle relaxation, self-regulatory training to improve adherence to physical therapy exercises, and visualization.
- Medications: Possible misuse, abuse, and addiction
- Overweight: Key elements: very low fat diet, 100% self-monitoring, high levels of activity (as high as the body can tolerate), the development of healthy obsessions, and social-environmental management (lots of planning and problem solving, with positive support).
- Distress: Anxiety/depression/stress management via Rational Emotive Therapy, relaxation techniques, coping skills training, and finding balance in life/work/family.
- Evaluations: Introductory evaluations, as well as specialized evaluations for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) implants or for bariatric surgery
- Sleep: CBT, recommended as the “first-line treatment” over any prescribed medications by the American College of Physicians and Consumer Reports, includes education about sleep hygiene, stimulus control, relaxation, activity enhancement, and self-monitoring of process/outcomes
- Smoking: CBT for smoking cessation is about 10 times more effective than attempting to quit on one’s own. It involves enhancing commitment, careful planning, stress management training, support and the use of nicotine replacement (e.g., patch, gum, or lozenge)
Dr. Kirschenbaum co-founded, designed and served as Clinical Director for Wellspring for 10 years: the leading provider of treatment services for overweight young people (camps and boarding schools) in the USA for many years:
Dr. Dan Kirschenbaum’s New Book
Warren Publishing just released his 13th book and 8th on weight management:
Available at all of our clinics and on Amazon:
From the endorsers – 22 healthcare & educational professionals:
“As Dr. Kirschenbaum continues to be a wise guiding light in helping all scientists understand the complex medical, cognitive-behavioral, and emotional challenges of weight management, his books for the public are profound, pragmatic, and personable. I can find no better compendium of facts and clear practical advice for overweight people than this one. The value to all who read Taming the 7 Most Fattening Excuses… will be self-evident from the very first chapter. I have no doubt that this book will be used as a reference book for effective weight control for decades to come. No wonder countless obesity experts entrust their patients to Dr. Kirschenbaum.”
-John Rabkin, M.D., Director, Pacific Laparoscopy, San Francisco, California; Fellow, American College of Surgery
“Taming the 7 Most Fattening Excuses… is a wonderfully written elegantly simplified and compassionate approach to healthy weight loss! No more old excuses and failed attempts! Dr. Kirschenbaum makes weight loss and maintenance attainable with practical explanations, a wonderful new method to re-configure unfortunate ways of thinking into constructive actions, and a holistic sensibility that incorporates the essential elements of long-term success. I’ve witnessed Dr. Kirschenbaum’s approach become a powerful life-changing program for dozens of weight controllers – truly transformative in understanding our relationships with the way we think, behave, and maximize our health and well-being!”
-Sonia Sampat, Psy.D., Chicago, Illinois, former Wellspring Camp Clinical Director
“As a physician, author and health coach, I am acutely aware of the complexity of the science of weight management. That made me deeply excited to read Dr. Kirschenbaum’s Taming the 7 Most Fattening Excuses… Dr. Kirschenbaum translated the science of weight management and decision making into a very clearly focused and well-written book. Now, thousands (millions?) of weight controllers can see how to neutralize obstructive cognitive biases to re-route their thinking and implement the very effective VLF HOP approach – and permanently change their language from can’t to can.”
-Dr. Peter Nieman, FRCP, FAAP
Calgary Weight Management Centre; University of Calgary; President, Alberta Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; author of Moving Forward
“At last, a scientifically grounded, practical guide to effective and safe long-term weight loss. Taming the 7 Most Fattening Excuses… will help weight controllers re-think their approach and perhaps “stop the insanity” of believing that low-carb, gluten free, and anti-all processed foods (no yogurt or veggie burgers, really?) hold the “secrets” to losing weight. Dr. Kirschenbaum has been a distinguished researcher, master therapist, and consultant for forty years, focused on weight management. He has helped thousands of people lose weight and feel better permanently.”
-Rob Smith, Ph.D., Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology; Clinical Psychologist, Waltham, Massachusetts